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responders and managers to really start to test how we work together with dod. we have all seen the line diagrams. this is very complicated. usually things get stopped. first you have the mayor, who asks the governor, who asks the president. this can get really complicated. we have started to exercise with this and this is how it all works from a policy perspective. we have a topic last year, which is a national challenge. we also had a walk around how we would work together for that. knowing, this was a big ugly complex that you would not fall a couple of hours. we were able we want to narrow the focus and get down to some gran new layer
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tee on some of the issues -- gran layer tee on some of the issues. so there will be three tracks that are going to happen more or less simultaneously. the first is a command and control exercise. actually the scenario for that is being bounced around. it will be route clearance and the debris management plans. and the idea is, how do we work together? the second is the communications peels. we wants to bring the military in with the communications experts from san francisco and actually have them talk to each other. it's not as easy to bridge some of these networks as it seals. and i'm not the communications guy. so the idea is to spends the first part of that exercise talking to each other and learning, and the second part, send them into the field and let them play with the toys and do it. get that experience, get to know each other. finally, the third track on this is to continue on the
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medical surge portion of it. we're trying to put together an experience that will introduce some of our hospital planners, our hospital administrators to the world of the national disaster system in a very real way. if all goes as planned, we'll be bringing them together for a briefing. from there they will be boarding an aircraft and taken to moffett. a military aircraft or helicopter, taking them to moffett, where the national guard has offered to put on a display of a c-130 j, the big car go planes, that's what will be there. and another briefing from the medical people there on how this all works. it will be a kickoff to what we would like to be a year-long effort at really planning for how we would move patients out of san francisco if we had to in a logical and safe fashion in exercising with the d.o.d.,
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culminating with the summer of 2013. if it goes as planned, culminating in 2013 with an actual patient movement exercise, where we would have the hospitals, have their operations centers open, actually have to make some of these decisions, work with the health department operations center, work with the e.o.c. and work with d.o.d. to actually, over two days, plan for, organize and execute a patient movement. it sounds very ambitious, but our friends in the military are very confident they can do it. and i'm throwing the challenge out to our health community, because i think we can do. i when you actually get right down to it, it needs to be done. honestly it's the first time that any of us have seen this happen. i think san francisco is the place to do it. and with that, i think we're done. >> thank you, rob. very exciting. yes, monique. >> two comments, if i may. first and foremost, i just want to make sure everybody in the room is aware that there will
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be america's cup events in 2012 during fleet week. that will create a lot of excitement and a lot of activities. and to that end, i want to make sure that we look at the refund plans, because the assets we normally have available will not be available, so we might want to have others identified. >> as part of the planning and the three exercises, we did raise those issues, monique. but thank you. president chiu. >> post exercise with briefings with my colleagues and i. we are getting dozens of suggestions every week on what the city is doing [inaudible] >> we would be happy to do that. they're not totally put together yes, correct? >> the first draft of the
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action is being released, they'll get feedback and we'll be able to release it formally once we get there. >> we will definitely do that. thank you. any other questions or comments? ok. then i'm going to turn it over to our resilience and recovery manager, alicia johnson, who's going to tell us about all the great stuff we did in april and are still doing. >> thank you. as the mayor said, we have a campaign going on right now with current retailers throughout the community. i believe you also have a disaster checklist in front of you, a shopping list. these are things that are sold at retailers. out in the hallway we have a poster similar to that graphic here to give you an idea. an example of the displays that a local retailer has put up in honor of april and the
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campaign. additionally with that, we also have or have had a radio campaign going on with f.m. 106 cameo. this is the website that they have had up. so we, too, could get ready and go directly to our 72-hour page. in addition to that we have one more opportunity that -- for you all, and it's actually part of the family and that is what the museum through park and rec. our partnership with that particular organization showcases how to drop cover and hold and what to do if there is a tsunami alert and you are near low-lying ground. we have an opportunity to reach out to children and, again, help implement the culture of preparedness that the mayor mentioned earlier. and just a reminder to let you all know, we do continue to talk about not only our emergency preparedness, but our
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emergency management skills through all of our social media channels on twitter, facebook and others to help spread the awareness and the preparedness. thanks. >> thank you, alicia. any questions? april is always a fun month for us and lots of activity. so april and october are our two biggest months. this year even bigger with america's cup here. we are starting to highlight each meeting we're going to highlight one our community partners. so i'm going to ask michael pappas, director of san francisco interface council, if you would like to spend a few minutes giving us an update on where you are and maybe tell us a little bit about your program coming up next week. >> thank you, director cronenberg. my name is michael pappas, the executive director of the san francisco interface council and a member of our city's human rights commission.
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our council was founded actually 23 years ago in response to two crises in the city. a homeless crisis and an earthquake. we received our initial funding from church world service because they wanted to give funding to a group that was interfaith. so a group of faith leaders who were in the mayor's office at that time again met and that was the genesis of the interfaith council. we have 800 congregations in the city and counties of san francisco, as well as their respective jude ca torres and the faith-based social services agents sis that provide essential services to some of the most vulnerable in our community. you're talking about april being the month. like a very long certainlyon, we've extended it into may -- sermon, we've extended it into may. [laughter] it's hard to believe, but i'm looking at one of our partners,
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and jim turner and director cronenburg. this is going to be our fourth biennial conference. as many of you remember when katrina hit it was the big community that was there right at the outset and continues to be there. we've been blessed to work with great partners like the american red cross and d.e.m. this year we are very excited on may 2. we are going to be gathering again at st. mary's cathedral. i'm pleased to tell you that we have exceeded capacity. we have more than the 200 that we planned for, so we're ordering more food. we are blessed to have as our speakers both chief joanne hayes and director cronenburg is going to give us a briefing as well. we are going to be welcoming from the u.s. department of homeland security the director of the center for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, david meyers, and the region
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nine fema administrator, nancy ward. we're going to begin the wram with a memorial service for all of those who perished in the crises and disasters over the last two years. interestingly, when we sent the invitation we extended it not just to the clergy, but the facilities managers as well as the key volunteers in communities, and we seat those who attend by neighborhood, so that they can get to know one another. this year we are really pleased to be working with the city in a neighborhood empowerment network. they are rolling out something called resilient bill. a tabletop exercise that's going to be making its debut both at our workshop as well as in new wellington, new zealand. so we will be celebrating that. following that there's going to be a panel of stakeholders who have had firsthand experience in the december, 2011, western edition fires as well as those who are doing ongoing disaster preparedness up in diamond
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heights. i'm pleased to tell you that our support -- the funding for this particular program is coming from the california pacific medical center, who we've had a very, very good relationship with regarding disaster preparedness. and i gave all of you copies of the save the date card. if you want to pop your heads in, there's a registration card there. i'm sure that there will be enough food for everyone. >> thank you, michael. we're going to make this a regular feature of disaster council, where we let our community partners share what's going on next -- i guess july is our next council meeting. we're going to ask alessaadamo if she wants to come forward and share with us. last meeting we had the american red cross. so we will continue to do this. and we also -- and i didn't want to put the city administrator, kelly, on -- i didn't want to put her on the
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spot today, so we're starting it at our next meeting. but as a regular agenda item, we are going to have updates from the lifelines council, because the lifelines council meets about a week before disaster council, so it seems like a natural that we would get updated on the great work that you're doing there. so at our next meeting. and if there are other things that folks would like to see that we're not covering, let me know. we're trying to make this a little more interactive. i also -- you know, these meetings used to be an hour and a half. i think an hour is plenty of time. everybody's very busy. but, you know, we don't want people to sit here. we'd really like your input. so share your ideas, if you have anything that we're not doing that you think we should. so this is your opportunity to tell us what's going on in your world. are there any updates from councilmembers 1234 members of the board, are there things that you would like to share
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with us? yes. >> i'm with the building owners managers association. we represent the commercial office buildings downtowns, approximately about 200 of them. i'd just like to thank the fire department and the police department and d.e.m. in particular, because we have a great working relationship with each of those three city departments. we're conducting this year, in august, a um -- could of building evacuations, emergency preparedness things. we had a shooter at 101 cowell a number of years ago. we need to replicate these kinds of instances in office buildings to make sure they don't happen again in reality. so i just want to, on behalf of boma thank the police departments, the fire department and d.e.m. for working closely with downtowns and in particular, with the building owners and managers association. thank you. >> thank you for all the good work you're doing. other announcements? yes. >> both the department heads are probably aware of the ongoing recovery techniques and
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tools. the introductory version of this is being given once during may and we've been in touch probably with your chief financial officers to capture those who haven't had that level of training. and the next level of trainer deeper into the same materials, more sophisticated. so we have a really good core of people that know how to do fema cost recovery being built in the city. the controller's office will do that, a deeper one also during the month of may. and depending how good it is, then we can make some improvements and invite other departments after that. so just to make you aware those are happening. if you have somebody that needs introduction to cost recovery training, again, we've probably been in touch with them already, but let us know if there's somebody who looks like that. >> thank you, peg. other announcements? >> maybe just a reminder about
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the [inaudible] >> thank you. >> will reopen monday, 5:00 a.m. >> thank you chief. yes. >> question -- i've heard there's going to be an early closure of the golden gate bridge on may 1. [laughter] >> thank you, ken. >> i want to start off by thanking you for your kudos. monday tuesday of this week -- boma is an excellent partner and has also helped us get the word out to your members on what to expect. you've clearly done a lot of groundwork on how to respond, to make sure that the activities are facilitated and not problematic. so i thank you for that. we have been meeting with the golden gate bridge authority
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and c.h.p. regarding the potential first amendment activity that may occur on the golden gate bridge on tuesday. c.h.p. is the lead law enforcement agency for that. the golden gate bridge authority is all over it as well, national parks, and we have a component of it as well. so there's several working plans in place to facilitate that, as with all first-amendment actions. making plans for how to facilitate and plan for things that might go awry. it is an event that has a beginning, middle and end, intended to draw attention during the morning commute hours. so i would be mindful of it but know that there's already plans in place. and the labor council has been engaged in the conversation regarding what the plans are. so thank you. >> thank you, deputy chief. other announcements or
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questions 1234 any public comment 1234 seeing none, i think this meeting is adjourned. thank you very much for coming. [meeting adjourned] . . . . >> good afternoon, everyone. welcome to the regular meeting of the government audit an oversight committee. i am the chair of this
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committee. i would like to thank our clerk and the sfgtv staff covering this meeting. do we have any announcements? >> silence all cell phones and electronic devices. items act upon today will appear on the supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> can you call item number one? >> ordinance amending the business and tax code. >> we have a few people who will be speaking on this matter. i want to make a few comments. this is something that i have sponsored with a number of co- sponsors. this bill creates jobs and
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supports our small business community. we have done a lot here in city hall in terms of job creation over the last year and a half. we have not done much in the way of small businesses. i believe this is changing here in city hall. this legislation is a big step in that direction. this will allow small-business this with a payroll under $500,000 to expand their peril of to $250,000 a year. -- their payroll up to $250,000 a year. it extends through fiscal year 20 -- calendar year 2015. this will create hundreds of jobs for san francisco residence. the notion of underemployment, i am sure many in this room and
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watching know a lot of friends, former colleagues, that are currently working, but may be working less hours and making less wages. hopefully, this will also fuel our economic recovery and continued to do that in san francisco. we currently have a 7.4% unemployment rate in the city. that is dropping. this is time to accelerate it. before turning over to the speakers, supervisor campos. supervisor campos: thank you for allowing me to sit in on this item. i want to thank supervisor farrell. this is something we have worked with his office on for quite some time. we have had many discussions in the last few years about the pros and cons of the tax cut. i know there are very strong
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opinions on either side of that issue. from my perspective, the reason why i am supportive of this item is it is an issue of fairness. i think that if tax breaks are going to be provided to certain companies, certain industries, i think it is important for us to also do something for the small business, which is the one that is the real economic engine that makes this economy work. the vast majority of jobs are created by small businesses. it is especially the case that small-business is have a unique commitment to job creation in specific neighborhoods. what i have seen in my district, and whether it is the mission, is that when the small business
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owners in those neighborhoods higher, they hire people from the local neighborhood. it is not just about creating opportunities for them to hire new people. it is also to deal with the issue of underemployment. what this legislation does in addition to allowing them to raise the payroll by hiring new people, it also allows these businesses that might be on the fence about giving an employee more hours to work, it allows them, incentivizes them to actually give that complete the additional hours. it is not just unemployment, it is under employment, that is a big concern. i appreciate the approach that supervisor farrell has done because it reflects the reality of what is happening in these communities. the numbers we have seen in terms of the numbers of businesses we have the neighborhoods like the mission, the vast majority of businesses
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in that neighborhood have anywhere from five to 20 employees. these are the kinds of businesses that this legislation is targeting and trying to help. the other thing that was important for us was to make sure that we also recognize that it is important to reward businesses that are following the spirit of the laws around the treatment of workers. i am appreciative that the supervisor was willing to work with us, which is also interested in helping small businesses, to include language that insures an order to benefit from this tax break, there can be no finding of misconduct by the office of labor standards. i think that is a very good thing because we want to promote people following the rules and playing by rules.
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the vast majority of businesses do that. we want to reward those. i am very proud to support this piece of legislation. colleagues, i look forward to your support. thank you to everyone who has worked on this. >> i'd just wanted to make a couple of introductory comments on this as well. reforming their payroll tax is something i have been working on since my days on the small business commission. i want to sink the small business leaders that are here. we all know that we have a tax system that is not only a disincentive for hiring, but has disproportionately impacted our small business community. over the past half year, working closely with our city
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economist, and our treasury's office, we have been engaged in a conversation around comprehensive business tax reform so that we figure out a proposal to replace wholesale the payroll tax that we have. i do hope we will be able to move forward in the coming weeks to work on a proposal that we can put on the november ballot. i want to thank members of the business community who have been working on this. this legislation we have in front of us today is important to move forward because of our -- are small businesses need all the help they can get. we do not have time to waste. >supervisor farrell: we did sped a lot of hours together, working with a lot of the neighborhood merchants. i think they were very valuable in terms of the template and what we did with this legislation today.
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-- input and what we did with this legislation today. >> good afternoon. i will give a very brief overview of our report. if you have questions, now or later, i can respond to them. we did look at this program. i am not going to summarize it unless you want me to, but it would provide -- based on the first year perrot. we estimated -- payroll. we estimated that the reduction in revenue to the city would be about $2 million per year. we raised a couple of policy
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considerations. one is it would apply to any increase in payroll, not just new hires. one of the second issues we raised was that as a business expense -- expands, we continue to apply to them. we do consider this to be a policy matter. supervisor farrell: questions? thank you. much appreciated. i asked our city chief economist to come up. i think one of the things we should -- i should think you personally. if you have any comments or the one thing i do want to ask, we talk about $2 million from harvey's office, we also talk
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about the job creation. if you could address that. >> our office reviews all legislation introduced at the board for material economic impact. as the work on this item, we determined that it would not meet our threshold likely. because i did work would supervisor farrell, i would be happy to offer with the drop in tax might be. we had provided the estimate to the budget analyst and we did despite modeling what this legislation would have cost in 2010 -- we did it based on what this would have cost in 2010. we are more in an economic recovery and i would expect the cost of the policy to go up. $2 million per year is a reasonable estimate.
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in terms of the job creation, payroll taxes increased to the cost of labor. it reduces their affected cost of labor and incentives for job creation. the chief question when designing a payroll tax cut is the tax cut sufficiently designed to minimize the amount of forgone revenue that is spent on payroll and job growth. i do think this policy measure is carefully tailored in three ways that makes the cost per job lower than a straight payroll tax cut. first of all, it is a payroll tax reduction only for net new pay row. it is an incentive for businesses to add payroll and at employment or hours or salaries. it does not provide incentives to businesses that are contracting in the city.